How to tie a tie

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If you’re reading this post, you’ve probably already tried to tie a tie only to end up with a terribly-looking tangled tie. Stand in front of a mirror and follow these instructions. With a little patience, you will become an expert in tying a tie.

To try this, your collar should be up and your shirt – buttoned all the way up. Place the tie around your neck, with the wide end on your dominant side. If you’re right-handed, it should be hanging on your right side, and if you’re left-handed, the wide end should be hanging on your left side. Next, move the wide end over the narrow end so they cross each other on the seam of the narrow end. Pull the wide end behind the narrow end and bring it around. It should be now facing off to your left. Then, bring the wide end under the narrow end again and pull it under the loop around your neck. Pull the wide end down through the knot at the front of the tie. To tighten the knot, slide it up the narrow end. Make sure your tie is straight and the length is appropriate. This knot is called four-in-hand knot and it’s a little asymmetrical at the neck.

four-in-hand knot

An alternative method to tie a tie is the Half Windsor knot. Place the tie around your neck with the wide side on the right side of your body. Adjust the tie so that the length of the wide side is about three times the length of the narrow side. Cross the wide side of the tie over the narrow side and bring it around and under the narrow side. Take the wide side over the loop around the neck and tighten a bit. Next, bring the wide side over the narrow side, out front, moving from right to left, and slide it through the loop around your neck. Bring the wide side through the knot in the front. Tighten the knot a bit and shape it into a triangle.

half Windsor knot

The traditional Windsor knot is a more formal alternative. Put the tie around your neck with the wider end on the right and about one foot lower than the narrow end. Cross the wide end over the narrow end and bring it up through the loop. Then, bring back the wide end down so it rests to the left of the narrow end. Pull the wide end underneath the narrow end and to the right. Next, pull the wide end through the loop, this time on the right side. It should now be inside out. Cross it over the narrow end again, from right to left, and bring it under the loop. Fold the wide end through the loop and into the knot at the front of the tie. Tighten it into a triangle.

Windsor knot

There are different ways to tie a tie. Some of the knots are more formal, while others are casual. Experiment with different ties, until you get the hang of it. Generally, the wide end should hang about twice as low as the narrow end.

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